12-09-2012, 11:29 PM
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I have said I "just" trail ride. I use to work cattle. To me, the word "just" means, I go out riding on the blm or wherever w/o a job...for no reason other than to "just" ride. When I first started "just" trail riding again, I have to admit ... it seemed purpose-less all of a sudden. Alas, the need for a "job" disappeared and I enjoy it as much as I ever did. I don't like going alone to places that are pretty tough to get to, though.
I don't have anything against people that only ever "just" puddle in an arena. Obviousely, many are very talented. But, I do have a problem w them if they believe their horse's ability is superior b/c it never leaves an arena, and neither did its granpappy. I mean, I just can't view a horse as "usefull" if it can't safely take you anywhere you want to go - outside of an arena.
And, I don't like rattlers and they are thick here....but large spiders above my head when mounted? Alligators? Heck, I'd run off with my horse! Bog is my worst fear. I'd even take huge ugly spiders over that. Believe it or not, there are boggy spots in arroyos - they aren't common (thank the heavens above), but they are super bad news.
I have to admit, though, I often wish there were a beaten down path out my back door that anyone could "just" trail ride on, like those you see in UK - w "horse crosswalks" over the little paved roads. That looks so enchanting! It doesn't necessarily look "challenging", but it does look enjoyable. I like to enjoy my horses, it doesn't matter if its "just" trail riding.